The Department of Military Science proudly announces that Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar, senior military science instructor, was selected as the Tobyhanna Army Depot War-fighter of the Quarter for the third quarter 2013. Master Sergeant Cuellar and his family were formally presented the award prior to the start of the Pocono 400 NASCAR race on June 9 at the Pocono Raceway. Master Sergeant Cuellar was presented the award by the Tobyhanna Garrison Commander Colonel Gerhard Schroter and his sergeant major, Sergeant Major Juan Rocha.
Each quarter Tobyhanna Army Depot recognizes an outstanding soldier, sailor, airman or marine from the depot or local area for their outstanding contributions to the military mission in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
As the program’s senior military science instructor, Master Sergeant Cuellar oversees a cadet command battalion consisting of 150 cadets and 14 cadre with a command operating budget of $1.5 million and a scholarship budget of more than $2 million. Additionally, he serves as the primary advisor to the professor of military science on a host of issues, including standards and discipline, the professional development of enlisted cadre members, physical fitness training programs for the cadets, the unit’s equal opportunity polices and more. In addition, he is charged to ensure that 28 military science level III cadets are fully prepared for the rigors of the 29-day Leader Development and Assessment Course which they must attend between their junior and senior academic year.
This past quarter has seen Master Sergeant Cuellar make a significant impact on the overall mission success of the Royall Warrior Army ROTC Battalion. His actions ensured that the battalion will exceed their set commission mission as a total of 24 new Second Lieutenants will be commissioned over the course of the next two weeks. This is in addition to two officers who were commissioned in January. Master Sergeant Cuellar’s efforts played a critical role in the mentorship, teaching and professional development of the military science level IV cadet command group and staff sections. These actions ensured that upon commissioning these leaders have the requisite skills to effectively serve our Army.
Master Sergeant Cuellar was selected over many of his peers across U.S. Army Cadet Command by the 2nd ROTC Brigade Command Sergeant Major to serve as a Platoon Tactical NCO at the 2013 Leader Development and Assessment Course. This is one of the most critical positions a Cadre member can hold, as their actions have a direct impact upon the training, development and professional growth of 35-40 cadets from across the nation. His knowledge of small unit leadership and tactics is unmatched, as demonstrated by the superb leadership and effective command and control he provided over 85 MS III level cadets from five universities during tactical lanes training at a four-day Joint Field Training Exercise in April.
Master Sergeant Cuellar’s focus on high standards and physical fitness resulted in a 277 Army Physical Fitness Test Military Science Level III class average, the highest in the battalion. Additionally, he received laudatory praise from the 2nd ROTC Brigade’s deputy commanding officer for the unit’s flawless execution of a cadet battalion change of responsibility, as well as change of command ceremonies. These ceremonies were widely attended by family, university officials and alumni, all of whom had high praise for the high standard by which they were conducted. On April 4 and April 26, he ensured the battalion’s color guard detail was rehearsed and executed missions in support of the local Railriders’ baseball club. This is just one community support mission, Master Sergeant Cuellar helped facilitate, as he also ensured 25 cadets took part in a joint project with the veterans service organization Team Rubicon. Cadets and Team Rubicon members partnered on April 19 to help refurbish and clean up a local shelter for homeless veterans in downtown Scranton.
Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar, senior military science instructor, receives the Tobyhanna Army Depot War-fighter of the Quarter for 3rd Quarter 2013 award from Colonel Gerhard Schroter at a presentation at Pocono Raceway on June 9. Looking on (far right) are Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley, a professor of military science, and Master Sergeant Cuellar's wife, Jennifer.